CONTEST: The Writing Process: Guest Post by Eileen Spinelli

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Thank you, Eileen Spinelli, for sharing your guest post on Monday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read The Writing Process: Guest Post by Eileen Spinelli. Today we… Continue reading

The Writing Process: Guest Post by Eileen Spinelli

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We are excited to welcome Eileen Spinelli as our guest author today. Her most recent book, Birdie, is a novel in verse about a young girl struggling with grief and the changes in… Continue reading

Stories in Verse

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I love stories in verse. As the summer reading program director at my two sons’ elementary school, I found these types of novels are the easiest to get a student interested in reading for fun. In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jason Reynolds, the award winning young adult literature author, shares his ideas on how poetry can get more young people interested in reading. And I couldn’t agree with him more.

Book Review: Once & Future King

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There are some folk tales that we have no collective memory of learning about for the first time, but all seem to be familiar with. The story of King Arthur seems to be… Continue reading

Telling a Migrant’s Tale: Guest Post by Andrew Donkin & Eoin Colfer

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We are very excited to welcome today’s guest authors, Andrew Donkin and Eoin Colfer. Along with artist Giovanni Rigano, they created the highly regarded graphic novel ILLEGAL about two young migrant brothers who… Continue reading

Book Review: The Bad Seed and The Good Egg

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The Bad Seed is a story of a seed who does some pretty awful things.  His manners (and hygiene) leave a lot to be desired.  In one of my favorite pictures, he makes… Continue reading

Nonfiction Children’s Books: Women In Science

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When I took my 12-year-old son to the sports medicine doctor for a check-up on his broken ankle, Max was told he had to continue to wear the boot another 10 days. On the car ride home, my son said “Mom, why didn’t you schedule the appointment with a woman doctor? Women doctors seem to know more. That guy doesn’t know that my ankle is healed and I don’t need to wear the boot anymore.” I smiled at him with agreement and said “Yes! Sometimes women do know more than men.” In honor of Women’s History Month, here are several books about women in science that will inspire the children in your life.

Maker Mindset

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Read Alouds to pair with makerspace that incorporate Maker Mindset.

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It STOP!

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Much of the northern United States is getting pretty sick of winter. In the Minneapolis area, where I live, this month has been not only the snowiest February on record, but the sixth… Continue reading

Going Back to School: Guest Post by Chitra Soundar

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We are excited to welcome Chitra Soundar as our guest author today. Her most recent book, Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship : Stories from India, features eight stories that were inspired by… Continue reading